A 14-year-old Afghan boy was fighting for his life on Sunday following a mass brawl in a refugee shelter in northern Germany, which injured six others, police said.
The incident came amid a weekend of violence at an accommodation for asylum seekers in the town of Verden, which police said left 14 injured in total.
On Saturday evening, a fight broke out involving 50 people at a shelter in the town, which is located 90 kilometres north-west of Hanover. The critically injured Afghan was kicked and punched repeatedly in the head, according to police.
It took a major deployment of police officers to bring the situation under control.
Police said they have formed a special commission tasked with investigating the violence and the attempted murder.
On Friday, seven migrants incurred mild injuries when up to 30 residents, among them Afghans and Iraqi Kurds, began attacking each other with iron rods and fire extinguishers at the shelter.